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Pletcher Quartet Gallops, Sunday Works Set / Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands Update, Thursday, April 24
Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.
VICAR’S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY’S HOLIDAY (No. 20) – Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner’s Harry’s Holiday was one of the first horses on the track after it opened at 5:45 a.m. to gallop under exercise rider Joel Barrientos for Mike Maker.
Maker has yet to name a rider for Harry’s Holiday in the Derby.
J. Armando Rodriguez’s General a Rod, who worked five furlongs Wednesday in 1:03.20, walked the shedrow Thursday morning as did Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s In Trouble.
Winner of the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start, Dance With Fate is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday. Corey Nakatani has the Derby mount.
SAMRAAT (No. 5) – My Meadowview Farm’s Samraat, winner of his first five races and runner-up in the Wood Memorial (GI) in his most recent start, is scheduled to work Friday at Aqueduct for trainer Rick Violette.
Pletcher, who will remain at Churchill Downs through the Derby, said the four colts would work Sunday, “if the weather cooperates” and that a decision on Vinceremos’ Derby participation would not come until early next week after he watches the colt train and work.
Vinceremos, who finished 14th in the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) in his most recent start in his only foray onto Polytrack, is owned by WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables. Ovel Merida was aboard Vinceremos on Thursday morning.
Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Danza, who is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, was partnered by Ezequiel Perez; Starlight Racing’s Risen Star (GII) winner Intense Holiday had Isabelle Bourez aboard; and, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Spiral (GIII) winner We Miss Artie was ridden by Nick Bush.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Hoppertunity will be attempting to become the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby without a start as 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882.
“Hey, I had him entered in a race at 2 and scratched him because I had another one there,” Baffert said. “He was ready to run, so that should count.”
RIDE ON CURLIN (No. 11) – Daniel Doughtery’s Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (GI) last out, galloped after the renovation break for trainer Billy Gowan under exercise rider Bryan Beccia.
"He’s doing just as good as we had him in Arkansas,” Gowan said. “He’s held his weight well, stayed sound and is galloping around with his ears up. He likes this track.”
Ride On Curlin is scheduled to work Saturday, weather-permitting.
RING WEEKEND (No. 14) – St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend, winner of the Tampa Derby (GII), is scheduled to work Friday at Fair Hill (Md.) Training Center for trainer Graham Motion.
The Blue Grass (GI) runner-up is slated to work Saturday, weather permitting.
“It was an easy first day, just letting him get his feet wet,” Sadler said of Candy Boy, who arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday, walked Tuesday and jogged Wednesday.
Sadler said Candy Boy would gallop again in the morning and is scheduled to work Saturday with three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Gary Stevens slated to be aboard. Stevens has the Derby mount.
Contessa said Uncle Sigh would leave New York by van early Saturday morning with a Saturday evening arrival at Churchill Downs anticipated. Contessa will fly to Louisville on Sunday. Irad Ortiz Jr. is scheduled to ride Uncle Sigh in the Derby.
Commanding Curve sits at 21st on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by Twinspires.com,” and Stewart said that if he makes the Derby field jockey Shaun Bridgmohan will ride.
“He went very well,” owner Ronald Sanchez said. “I got him in :34 and 2 and out in :47 and 3. Right now, we are just waiting.”
Should the connections of all horses under Derby consideration on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com” leaderboard enter, Social Inclusion would be the fourth also-eligible.
Trainer Katerina Vassilieva is expected to be in Louisville Friday, according to assistant Amber Mayers. Big Bazinga is scheduled to work Saturday.